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2016-2017 Winners

The World of 7 Billion contest is a project of the Population Education program, provider of K-12 classroom resources and professional development opportunities. The contest is run every school year. Click on a topic below to view the winning videos.


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Contest Judges

Mary Barbara AlexanderActress/Activist/Farmer, No specific affiliation
Benjamin AlexandroWater Policy Advocate, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Ginny BeauregardFilm Producer/Environmental Educator, Independent
Molly BergProgramming Manager, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Joe BishDirector of Issue Advocacy, Population Media Center
June BlotnickExecutive Director, Clean Air Carolina
Hartwell CarsonFrench Broad Riverkeeper, MountainTrue
Diana ColeScience teacher, Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School
Angelina CollazoCoordinator, Programs Operations, Teach For America - New York
Ken Conca, Ph.D.Professor of International Relations, American University
Emily CulpTeacher, DCPS
James Gerber, Ph.D.Co-Director, Global Landscapes Initiative, University of Minnesota
April Haight, Ed.D.Director, Center for Environmental Education, Morehead State University
Cynthia HubachUrban Agriculture Activist, Los Angeles Community Garden Council
Joyce JohnsonProducer, Tiroir A Films
Sharon KinseyCounty 4-H Agent/Associate Professor, Camden County 4-H Youth Development Program
Peter LadnerBoard Chair, David Suzuki Foundation
Carrianne B. McClellanMedia Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools
Nancy MiliziaRetired Medical Technologist
Laura S. Minor, MS, PAAdjunct Professor
Alice P. NeuhauserPartner, Complete Rights Management
Hannah O'MalleyEducation Coordinator, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment
Ellen PottsDevelopment Assistant, Population Connection
Karla RaettigExecutive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Brian RichterPresident, Sustainable Waters
Mindy RobertsPuget Sound Director, Washington Environmental Council
Karen RoosEnvironmental Educator, Greenbelt Conservancy
DawnElla Rust, Ed.DHealth Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Jeremy SchererFilmmaker, Parallel 40 Productions
John SeagerPresident and CEO, Population Connection
Emilee Syrewicze, JDExecutive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Hawa ToureQuality Assurance Reviewer DOJ, Gandhi Birdage and SANAD Syria
David VernierFounder and Co-President, Vernier Software & Technology

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2016-2017 World of 7 Billion student video contest. We were blown away by the creativity, passion, and expertise showcased throughout the videos, especially by the 18 winning films.

7Billion Infographic

The contest first ran during the 2010-2011 school year as a “teachable moment” around world population reaching 7 billion. 619 videos were received from 36 U.S. states and four countries abroad in that first year and it was meant to be a one-time event. But we received such positive feedback from teachers – many wanted to participate again and make the contest a permanent project in their courses – that we decided to make the contest an annual event.

Now in its 6th year, nearly 8,000 student-made videos on the impacts of population have been created as a direct result of the contest. Thousands of students are now more aware of the vast connections between population and so many of today’s pressing global challenges.

We look forward to continuing the contest into the future and watching as more students explore the complexities of population growth through film.


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